General Manager NMS Moses Kamabare and Board Chairman Dr Jotham Musinguzi recieving MPs from Nordic countries who had visited NMS new warehouse in Kajjansi
National Medical Stores (NMS) in collaboration with the Global Fund, GAVI, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF on Tuesday 11th February 2020 hosted a delegation of Members of Parliament(MPs) from Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden.
The mission according to the General Manager NMS, Moses Kamabare was intended to provide the MPs from the Nordic countries a unique opportunity to experience first-hand Global Health programmes funded by the Global Fund, GAVI, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF. Are having an impact in Uganda.
“They were interested in understanding the challenges and opportunities encountered by the government of Uganda while providing drugs and other medical supplies with focus on RMNCAH services, Immunization, PMTCT and Malaria programmes to those who need them most’, Kamabare said.
The 13 legislators from countries of Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden, led by head of delegation, Bjorn Solder, a Swedish legislator explained that it’s important for parliamentarians to see how donor moneys are being spent in reality.
Kamabare revealed that Global Fund contributed 16.8milion dollars (90%) while the government of Uganda contributed 5.2million US dollars towards the construction of NMS Kajjansi warehouse that would cost 22million US dollars upon completion.
” The new NMS warehouse in Kajjansi is four times bigger than the one in Entebbe”, Kamabare explained.
He noted that the donor MPs were satisfied that their money was not wasted and that GAVI funds funded the expansion of cold chain room plus procurement of vaccines for children and immunization of cancer against women among other things.
“The contractors will hand over the new warehouse in Kajjansi to NMS in June this year,” said Kamabare.
Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, the NMS Board chairperson, thanked the donors for their financial support and encouragement and pledged to put to good use donor funds towards various health programmes. ENDS.